The Photographer's movie list

by elenacreator | created - 04 Mar 2014 | updated - 20 Jul 2014 | Public

Movies every photographer should watch inducing documentaries, thrillers, classics, photography through a visionary eye, and more.

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1. The Photographer (2000)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

A Photographer has a single evening to find ten magical photographs or else he stands to lose everything that is important to him.

Director: Jeremy Stein | Stars: Reg Rogers, Tina Holmes, Anthony Michael Hall, Marisa Berenson

Votes: 298

2. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 109,597 | Gross: $31.60M

3. The Photograph (2007)

94 min | Drama

Sita is an escort at a karaoke bar who struggles to raise money to send her daughter out of the city to live with her grandmother and settle her debts with her pimp. She moves in with aging... See full summary »

Director: Nan Triveni Achnas | Stars: Kay Tong Lim, Shanty, Lukman Sardi, Indi Barends

Votes: 175

4. Going Where I've Never Been: The Photography of Diane Arbus (1972 TV Movie)

28 min | Documentary

The work of photographer Diane Arbus as explained by her daughter, friends, critics, and in her own words as recorded in her journals. Illustrated with many of her photographs. Mary Clare ... See full summary »

Director: John Musilli | Stars: Diane Arbus, Doon Arbus, Mariclare Costello, Mary Clare Costello

Votes: 31

5. National Geographic: The Photographers (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

Wonderful insight into the hard work that goes into National Geographic photography.

Star: Keith David

Votes: 31

6. Eye on the Sixties: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman (2013)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

EYE ON THE SIXTIES is an intimate portrait of photographer Rowland Scherman, and the process of photojournalism. It is a valuable 'insider' piece of American History, documenting one man's ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Szwedo | Stars: Tom Clark, Judy Collins, Rowland Scherman, Richard Stolley

Votes: 23

7. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,823 | Gross: $1.33M

8. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,912 | Gross: $0.80M

9. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Wim de Wit, Beth Edwards Harris, Frank Escher

Votes: 575 | Gross: $0.10M

11. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,815

12. The War Photographers (2013)

28 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

'The War Photographers' recounts the personal experiences of award-winning photojournalists who risk their lives covering conflict in the world's most dangerous war zones. Intimate ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Kochones | Stars: Alexandra Avakian, Carolyn Cole, William Dudley, Ashley Gilbertson

Votes: 9

14. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,676 | Gross: $0.24M

15. Imagine (2003– )
Episode: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008)

90 min | Documentary, History

Barbara Leibovitz's intimate biography of her sister the photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Director: Barbara Leibovitz | Stars: Alan Yentob, Paula Abdul, Ruth Ansel, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Votes: 210

16. What Remains (2005)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A look at the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann.

Director: Steven Cantor | Stars: Sally Mann, Karen Bailey, Richard Jantz, Emmett Mann

Votes: 238

20. The Bang Bang Club (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

48 Metascore

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

Director: Steven Silver | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch, Neels van Jaarsveld

Votes: 9,696

21. The Russians (2011)

52 min | Documentary, Family

The photography of Oleg Videnin.

Director: Christian Klinger | Star: Oleg Videnin

22. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 410,493 | Gross: $36.76M

23. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 665,582 | Gross: $33.23M

24. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,052,946 | Gross: $25.54M

25. Pecker (1998)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong, Mark Joy

Votes: 12,865 | Gross: $2.28M

26. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 51,983

27. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 331,846 | Gross: $11.29M

28. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 659,308 | Gross: $7.56M

29. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 563,337 | Gross: $83.47M

30. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 8,030 | Gross: $20.00M

31. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 27,885 | Gross: $0.08M

32. Salvador (1986)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller

An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

Votes: 18,078

33. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 56,731 | Gross: $0.08M

34. Funny Face (1957)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair

Votes: 24,656

35. Proof (1991)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe, Heather Mitchell

Votes: 5,849 | Gross: $0.52M

36. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

R | 100 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 45,789 | Gross: $24.74M

37. Delirious (2006)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

An offbeat drama focused on a homeless youth, a pop music siren and a member of the paparazzi.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman, Gina Gershon

Votes: 5,763 | Gross: $0.09M

38. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 231,789 | Gross: $104.45M

39. Closer (I) (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts

Votes: 193,357 | Gross: $33.99M

40. The Public Eye (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and is not getting involved until this time.

Director: Howard Franklin | Stars: Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Richard Riehle, Bryan Travis Smith

Votes: 3,057 | Gross: $3.07M

41. Everlasting Moments (2008)

Not Rated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Callin Öhrvall

Votes: 5,054 | Gross: $0.61M

42. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 653,208 | Gross: $403.71M

43. Shutter (II) (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool

Votes: 38,168

44. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Most Unusual Camera (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When three unintelligent crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the future, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Fred Clark, Jean Carson, Adam Williams, Marcel Hillaire

Votes: 1,727

45. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, News

78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 15,252 | Gross: $3.41M

46. Shooting the Past (1999 TV Movie)

182 min | Drama, History

A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 1,099

47. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 11,836

49. Doc Talk (2006– )
Episode: Full Frame Episode 1 (2011)

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